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MindSonar: Very helpful in job marketing!

January 12, 2014
Jantine Wijtsma

Nowadays it’s hard to find a new job. So your job marketing skills are extremely important. Job marketing is the way to conquer the work barrier, so to say. Because when you are one of 200 job seekers in your region, looking for something new, finding a job is a day job in itself.

How can meta programs help?

First, it’s important to have a focus on which job you prefer. So, your meta program ‘towards’ has to be highly developed. It has been scientifically proven that it is better to apply for specific jobs. So don’t say “I’m available for anything”. That way you are not recognizable for recruiters and they will skip your LinkedIn profile or resume. So your ‘options’ meta program has to be somewhat lower here.

Then, discover whether you are ready to go networking. Is your internal control no longer influenced by grief or mourning from your last job? Is your ‘now’ and ‘future’ switched on instead of ‘past’? That’s really important, because you like to give your network relations the impression of someone who is ready for new work activities. Optimistic and open minded. So, ‘internal locus of control’, ‘towards’ and ‘matching’ are useful.

Next, it’s highly recommended to have a plan for your networking activities. So put on your ‘procedure’, ‘activitities’ and ‘people’ and ‘information’ meta programmes, because you need them all! Depending on what you discover during your search, work with a procedure, a plan.

Next, via Linked In it’s possible to find people who do the work you prefer to do, and to see who can introduce you to this employee. In a network date you need the thinking styles “external reference” to be able to really stand in the shoes of the other, and find out what is important for you to develop.
So your meta program “development” is also of great importance. So you can find out what is the gap between the job you want and your competencies. In that case it can be useful to put on “past” as a meta program, because you learned a lot already. When you walk through your work-past with a career coach, you’ll find out that you can do a lot more than you thought.

When you were asked to apply for a job because someone in your network is giving you a hint, your meta programs are helpful as well. Analyze the job very specifically. Which thinking styles do you need the most? What do you read in the text of the profile? Are the tasks specifically defined or just global mentioned? Is the company emphasizing future aspects of the firm, or mentioning where it stands nowadays, or where it comes from? Does it say more about the colleagues, of about the tasks and activities, or are there given lots of information?
So, analyzing the text is very important, because now you can put on the ‘external reference’ meta program again to write your letter in exactly the same style. So that the recruiter matches (perhaps unconsciously) your skills with the job.

When you are invited for an interview, you can use all meta programs. Depending on the recruiters you’re speaking with and which meta program you discover during the interview. Do they ask how you see your first day at work? Or how you are able to harmonize with other team members? Or what your feelings are about the company’s last moves on the market? Match their representation systems!
Are there questions about the essence of the vision of the firm, or about how one part of the process fits in another part, or how you want to put the vision into activities?

Yes, it does sound like you have to be more than an expert in analyzing all those meta programs simultaneously in your search for a job! But don’t panic. When in doubt, ask for a MindSonar expert to help you get the on line measurement and get coached in how to put the most efficient styles on. Start by just putting effort in using a few important, significant thinking styles and you will succeed, sooner or later.


About the author 

Jantine Wijtsma

Jantine is a freelance HR-consultant from the Netherlands and has been a MindSonar Professional for many years. Organisations hire her on an interim basis to achieve tangible results based on the big picture: Jantine's broad view on the profession.

She works in recruitment, training and development, sustainable work practices, team development, strategic personnel planning and coaching of dysfunctioning employees. In this wide range of HR activities, Jantine has done countless projects, many of them using MindSonar. Jantine's pet subject is contributing to good conversations in companies. She even developed a special training program for that.

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  1. This article gives me an interesting shift in perspective on thinking about the job search process. Honestly the article made me realize that I have been very set on the “past” when I think about my work, and I get stuck in the same patterns; I want to make a deliberate effort to look more at the “future” when thinking about what I want in a job. Thanks for the insights!

  2. I already have several years working in recruitment and selection and today I know MindSonar tool I can guarantee that when the person knows their metaprogrammes can focus more easily.

    Recently participate in a Webinar on this topic and I experienced an exercise in which through change of words have the ability to achieve different results when we offer services as a company and this undoubtedly gives results also when we are looking for any opportunity work

  3. To me usually happens to me something very special … people ask me to help them find a job and give me your resume but do not give me an indication of what they want to achieve. When I ask, “what is” is the answer, usually. But soon I have who went to interviews and was not what they expected. How important is enabled Specific and Towards meta programs for a more efficient search. Thanks for the article!

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